SENECA, SC—BorgWarner Inc. is investing $42 million to expand its battery factory here. The 27-year-old facility, which previously made transfer cases for ICE power train applications, was heavily damaged by a tornado in 2020.

The investment will be allocated to building and equipment upgrades, as well as the development of new manufacturing lines, resulting in the production of 3GWh of annual battery module capacity.

“The ability to expand our existing operations producing energy-efficient, clean products is crucial as we continue to ‘Charge Forward’ toward our goal of enabling lower-emissions transportation,” says Volker Weng, vice president and general manager of drivetrain and battery systems at BorgWarner. “[The investment will enable] the launch of new production processes [that] will provide additional capacity to better meet U.S. customer demands for battery assemblies.”

BorgWarner’s Charging Forward initiative aims to grow the company’s revenue derived from electric vehicles from less than 3 percent today to 45 percent by 2030.